Articles by Jake Bleiberg

 
Fernando Martinez, 19, recently renewed his status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, allowing him to continue working in the United States and studying at the University of Southern Maine.

How Trump’s threats have struck fear in a Portland immigrant trying to make good

By Jake Bleiberg on June 24, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
“So many people just have this mindset that if someone is an illegal immigrant they’ve done something bad. Instead of making assumptions, [I wanted them to] hear the story from someone who’s lived it.”
Colorful corals and anemones in west Jordan Basin are pictured in this photo taken in the summer of 2014 by coral researchers.

Regulators to allow lobstering in protected coral areas in Gulf of Maine

By Jake Bleiberg on June 22, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
“In those parts of Down East Maine lobstering is literally everything to those communities.”
The owner of J's Oyster Bar in Portland has agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and pay the state government more than $1 million in back taxes.

Owner of landmark Portland eatery to plead guilty to tax evasion, faces jail time and $1M in back taxes

By Jake Bleiberg on June 20, 2017, at 6:07 p.m.
“The truth is I do owe the sales tax. I have no problem with that,” Cynthia Brown said. “But … I have in good faith been paying all this money back.”
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Portland landlord sentenced to jail for role in deadly fire denied new trial

By Jake Bleiberg on June 19, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
A judge has denied the request for a new trial by the landlord who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his role in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades.
Gov. Paul LePage stands on the Maine State Pier in Portland, June 15, 2017.

LePage considers carrying a gun after congressman’s shooting

By Jake Bleiberg on June 15, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
“I’m thinking of carrying, yes,” LePage said when asked whether he felt the need to protect himself after the incident.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling

Mayor proposes program to help seniors afford housing in Portland

By Jake Bleiberg on June 14, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
Portland renters and homeowners between 62 and 65 could receive up to $600 a year in rebates from the city, and those older than 65 could receive up to $900 annually.
Anthony Sanborn Jr. listens in a Portland courtroom as the key witness in his 1992 murder trial recants the testimony that helped send him to prison.

AG’s office denies hiding evidence, coercing witness in decades-old murder case

By Jake Bleiberg on June 13, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Assistant Attorney General Paul Rucha denied a number of allegations including that officials had suppressed evidence and coerced a key witness to testify in the trial.
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Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Maine youth prison lays off nearly half its teachers

By Jake Bleiberg on June 13, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Layoffs at Maine’s juvenile prison have left the school that serves its young inmates without qualified teachers for a number of subjects.
Portland City Councilor David Brenerman

Portland councilor won’t run, says city doesn’t need full-time mayor

By Jake Bleiberg on June 08, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
David Brenerman, 66, said the decision not to pursue a second term in his most recent stint on the city council was driven by a desire to spend more time with his family — something, he said, that the officially part-time and modestly compensated council position has made difficult.
Maine Focus
Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland is pictured Nov. 17, 2016.

Watchdogs revealed crisis in Maine’s youth prison. LePage let them go.

By Jake Bleiberg and Rosie Hughes on June 08, 2017, at 6:12 a.m.
The move dealt a blow to an already faltering prison oversight system that’s meant to ensure accountability in a government-run world concealed behind high fences and locked doors.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage preparing to grant more inmates early releases, says corrections chief

By Jake Bleiberg on June 07, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is preparing to grant more prisoners early releases.
BDN PORTLAND

Abdi Ali gets bail

on June 02, 2017, at 4:57 p.m.
Downtown Jackman.

An isolated Maine town is losing 24-hour emergency care

By Jake Bleiberg on June 02, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
“We’re just a small, isolated community and we’re scared.”
Abdi Ali, 28, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a Portland courthouse following his arraignment for a drunk driving charge.

Judge grants bail to Somali man arrested in court by immigration agents

By Jake Bleiberg on June 02, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
The Somali man arrested by immigration agents in a Portland courthouse in April was granted bail by a federal immigration judge Thursday.
The University of Southern Maine

Former employee sues USM, alleging racism tied to wrongful termination

By Jake Bleiberg on June 01, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
Susan Hamilton is claiming that the University of Maine System wrongfully fired her in 2015 following a complaint that she created a hostile work environment and aggressively pushed her views on race and gender onto students and staff.
BDN PORTLAND

The ships are coming in.

on June 01, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
BDN PORTLAND

Check for ticks

on May 31, 2017, at 3:13 p.m.
BDN PORTLAND

Pour one out for the ‘The Griff’

on May 30, 2017, at 6:25 p.m.
During an April 2017 hearing, Anthony Sanborn Jr. listens in a Portland courtroom as the key witness in his 1992 murder trial recants the testimony that helped send him to prison. A judge on Tuesday ordered media outlets to hand over recorded interviews with the prosecutor from that trial to Sanborn’s attorney.

Judge orders media to give lawyer interview recordings related to 1989 murder case

By Jake Bleiberg on May 30, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
Justice Joyce Wheeler ruled that Sanborn’s rights as someone accused of a crime outweigh First Amendment protections claimed by the media outlets.

Case at Portland private school among statewide whooping cough surge

By Jake Bleiberg on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 77 percent of Breakwater kindergarten students were vaccinated against the disease, compared to a statewide total of 96 percent.